1ST 2ND SEASON POST SEASON COLUMN, #1, 4/24/19….BUT WAIT, THERES MORE!

Hi again. The D1 Wrestling season is over. Why are you here? Sorry, no catchy end credits super suprising OMG reveal here. Go Home. No, really, go.(1) OK, so, news, sort of…..

HOKIE HOKIE HOKIE HI, TECH, TECH, V.P.I.!!!!!!

Just a long overdue random huzzah to superstar redshirt freshman Mekhi (meh-KY, please, or he may just pull a Muhammad Ali “WHATS MY NAME??!!” on your sorry mispronouncing mouth)(2) Lewis was the suprise rising star of the tournament, coming in as the #8 seed, defeating the #4, #2, and #1 seeds to win the 165lb class and take most outstanding wrestler honors. VA Tech had slip-ups from all 3 of their talented transfers as 133lb Korbin Myers, 197lb Tom Sleigh, and Hvt. Billy Miller missed the podium. Still, the Hokies look good for 2019 and beyond, as does the whole ACC. SO proud of the Scribes “other” favorite group (The SoCon is STILL #1, baby, en la corazon!). ACC wrestling currently stands top 25 tall across the whole breadth of the conference and AGAINST, not with, the unending nationwide perception of the ACC being 90% Hoops Heaven and 10% everything else. Pumpkin pushing is cool, but throwing grown*ss men around because you can is better. Just sayin. Definitely NOT doin, not anymore anyway.

OTHER PARTS OF THIS BLOG ARE ABOUT FOOD AND TRAVEL, YOU KNOW….

The Scribe indulged heavily in both of late, with an 8 day moveable feast from Albany, NY, through Lake Placid and across Lake Champlain by ferry to the beautiful hinterlands of Northeast Vermont via Burlington, with a final stop in NJ (JERZEY, baby!). The weather was wonderful, dry, cold and refreshingly brisk as measured against the rising Spring temps in sunny San Antonio. Reviews of hotels, restaurants, and sites are posting on TripAdvisor at this time. Suffice to say a fine time was had by both. Theres a coffee shop or two in Albany you need to check out, and Lake Placid (the town of multi Olympics fame) on Mirror (the lake) is just special. And, on a deeply personal note, if you are a dog lover, think long and hard before considering a pilgrimage to the Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury. It is a place of soul reaching beauty AND sadness, and it has broken people. The visit had to be made, and the perspective gained was needed, but understanding, not healing, was what was accomplished. The hope and prayer here is that your visit, if taken, will produce the latter as well as the former.

MORE AND HAPPIER NOT NECESSARILY ALL WRESTLING NEWS…..

Its Fiesta Week in San Antonio, where the city is held hostage by fun, frolic, and food for 10 days or so, and that (now at year 6 and counting!) BBQ restaurant on Blanco Road is filled to {almost}(3) capacity by happy, hungry hunter-gatherers of fine S TX cuisine. Of the meat, sides, salads and desserts variety. Was beer, wine, coolers, or champagne mentioned? Should have been.

Missouris loss is Marylands stop-gap as potential (assumed) conference upgrade (DEFINITIVE), and title change ($$$) lured uber talented, boldly outspoken, and just plain really, really good Tigers Associate Head Coach Alex Clemsen away from Columbia to take the Head Wrestling Coach job in College Park. After Top Rutgers Assistant Donny Pritzlaff and Lock Haven HC Scott Moore turned it down. Allegedly. Probably. Whats DEFINITE? The re-creation, NOT rebuild, for Maryland will be a bitch. No one will come in and pull a Kevin Dresser-ISU job in College Park. Not even Kevin Dresser. Jack Welch(4) wouldn’t take this project on. Good luck, Alex, and when Maryland comes to some sort of athletic sense and returns to the ACC we hope you are still there. Meanwhile, Coach Smith, do what must be done to keep #TigerStyle going. Because its just good for wrestling.

THANK YOU, ASSISTANT COACH NICK BRASCETTA OF UTC…….for not taking your next birthday celebration to Blacksburg. Now, can you work on getting Kyle Conel? The Scribe greased the wheels for you….#MOCBULKJOB #FASTSTRONGQUICKNASTYNEWHVY

SEE YOU SOMETIME SOON!

Ted Carreras

(1) Deadpool. In “DeadPool”. And thats the only semi-quote you’ll ever find from him in THIS column.

(2) Probably not. Hes a very nice young man, seemingly.

(3) We said ALMOST….

(4) Only the guy who took GE out of a LOOONG tailspin pre 1980 and made it, again, one of the worlds most successful and admired companies. READ his book, “WINNING”, and it will help you do that.